In collaboration with stakeholders and colleagues the Safe staffing programme has revised the guidance for providers on the assessment of staffing levels: Premises-based services.

This revised guidance is designed to support providers of care homes, premises-based support services, school care accommodation, secure care and premises-based offender accommodation to have clear information on the effective assessment of safe staffing. 

This is in line with our quality frameworks, the Health and Social Care Standards and the Health and Care Staffing (Scotland) Act 2019 which comes into effect in April 2024.

The Safe Staffing Programme is a national quality improvement programme, commissioned by the Scottish Government to support care services in preparation for the enactment of the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Act 2019.

Working in collaboration with people who experience care, relatives, representation groups and other key stakeholders, our vision of the programme is to:  

‘Ensure that in care services in Scotland there are the right people, in the right place, with the right skills at the right time working to ensure people experience the best health and care outcomes.’  

We provide advice and support to care services to help them prepare for the implementation of the Act on 1 April 2024.

The guidance is available to download on our website and the Safe Staffing Programme area on The Hub. For more information about our Safe Staffing Programme visit The Hub or subscribe to our provider update newsletter here.